Design your own life or someone else will

Design your own life or someone else will

Design Your Own Life

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” ~ Jim Rohn

You have a better chance of your life turning out the way you want it to rather than leaving it in the hands of someone else.

I love the image of an architect designing a building by first laying out the blueprints. Or a writer, like I did, outlining a book by starting with the table of contents of what chapter titles you want to write about. The ability to create something from scratch is a powerful feeling.

The best way you can start your own life’s blueprint is by first writing down the things you want to accomplish. Let’s think about this for a minute? Everything that is built today started with a blueprint. Every pilot that is flying to a destination has a flight plan. A starting point and an ending point. A blueprint of a building and a flight plan for a pilot is one of the same. Laying it out on paper before you start is the best way to accomplish your life’s goals and design the life you’ve always dreamed of.

Design Your Own Life tools

I’ve created 6 tools I think everyone needs to design your own life the way you always dreamed of.

1. Blueprint

The blueprint for your life should be like an architect’s building design, the author’s table of contents, or a pilot’s flight plan. You set out certain goals and map out a plan or a course of actions on how you will accomplish each one of them. A blueprint should be used in all aspects of your life from your personal life, relationships, friendships, children and whatever else you have in store for yourself.

2. Focus

After you’ve created your blueprint, and before you take action, you need to get into the right mindset. The power of your thoughts, your positive mindset, your committed focus on your goals and your plan will improve your chances of success in each area you take action in. You must believe in yourself and your ability to achieve your goals. You must become aware of your thoughts and maintain the ones that will support your getting what you want. You must eliminate distractions and negativity and focus on the end result. Start with the end in mind.

3. Action

With your blueprint in place and your mind set on success achievement, you’re ready to take the actions necessary to build your life as you desire it. Do the things necessary that will bring you closer to achieving your ideal life. You must keep following the action steps you have outlined in your blueprint.

4. Maintenance

Actions need to be monitored regularly to check on your progress. Keep monitoring your progress toward your goals so you can stay motivated. Celebrate the small successes on your way toward your bigger goals. Each success is one step closer to your ultimate life design.

5. Repairs

Make corrections, adjust for change, re-examine your actions and your goals. As you hit obstacles, find a way around them, through them or over them. Do not allow obstacles to stop you. Hitting obstacles should make you hungrier. Continually re-assess your goals to make sure it’s what you really want. Then establish some new actions steps that will get you back on the path even if it’s a different route. Never, ever give up!

6. Support

The architect designs the house; he or she doesn’t build it. He or she has a team of professionals that help accomplish this goal. As you design your life, your team should include coaches, mentors, teachers, trainers, associates and whoever else can help you achieve your goals and get you from where you are to where you want to be.

As you start working your plan, review it on a regular basis, adjust for changes, and always reward yourself for your progress. With these tools in your toolbox, you’re on your way to designing your own life. Good luck. You can do this! Stay on course, never give up and follow your plan!  Go ahead and design your own life!


About the Author

John R. Salkowski is a retired Police Officer after an impressive 15 year career who is now a Highly Sought-After Leadership and Motivational Speaker and Trainer. John can speak for crowds ranging from 20-20,000 sharing his unique leadership strategies in his signature presentation:

“Leadership in the Line of Duty”
Lessons for Making Split-Second Decisions from a Cop Who Has Been in Life and Death Situations

John regularly speaks for a variety of leaders (ranging from entry level to experienced executives) for corporations, business groups, associations, colleges, universities, youth groups and sports organizations.

Pulling from his 15 years of real world, in-the-trenches (and even life and death) Law Enforcement situations, John now teaches leaders one of the most important key components of leadership (that is often overlooked):

“How to make split-second leadership decisions when the direction and success of your organization depends on it!”

John has received numerous distinguished awards for Bravery, Merit and Unit Citations. He has also received several employee recognition awards for serving as a leader within his community, including being featured in the Philadelphia Magazine as one of the area’s Top Business Leaders.

Any organization that wants to develop their people into becoming “Extraordinary Leaders” needs to hire John for a keynote and/or workshop training.

To request John to speak at your next event, please email his office at

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